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This Week in Portland - March 3 to March 10, 2012

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Season Opening of the Portland Saturday Market - March 3, 2012

Yay!  Our favorite local arts and crafts (and more!) market has their annual grand opening celebration this weekend. "Operating since 1974 the Portland Saturday Market is the largest continually operating outdoor arts and crafts market in the nation. Centered in Portland’s historic Old Town the Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations for local handcrafted goods."

Weekend Market Hours - Mar 3 - Dec 24
SATURDAYS  10 - 5pm
SUNDAYS   11 - 4:30pm
Our weekend arts and crafts market is located in Waterfront & Ankeny Parks in historic Old Town- Chinatown.

Portland St. Patrick's Events 2012

We have started adding Portland St. Patrick's Day Events and Celebrations to the Portland Events Calendar.  You can find the list of Portland St. Paddy's events, Portland Irish pubs, bars, restaurants, and more on the Portland St. Patrick's Events page.

SBK Green Century - Electronic Recycling in Portland

I came across this business and thought I would share it since it is almost spring cleaning season and you might have an old computer or other electronic equipment you would like to  safely recycle.

From SBK Green Century Electronic Recycling Website:

SBK offers FREE electronics recycling to residents. Drop off your electronics to our facility FREE of charge. We also offer our pick-up service for a $35 fee.

Items We Accept:
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Monitors (CRT, LCD)
  • Printers / Scanners
  • Fax / Copy
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Keyboards / Mice
  • Servers /Routers /Hubs
  • Networking Devices
  • Communications Equipment
  • Televisions
  • VCRs, DVD players
  • Stereos & Audio Components
  • Returned/Unwanted Products
  • Cell phones / Telephones
  • PDAs, Handheld Games
  • Cameras
  • Batteries
  • Misc. Electronics
  • Misc. Office Machines
  • Washers / Dryers

We practice safe and efficient recycling. All items are handled in a safe manor with no impact to the environment. Our goal is to reuse all items and extend the life as long as possible to provide a viable alternative to e-waste in our landfills.

How we recycle your items:
All items are tested for functionality. Computer related items found to be working are refurbished or parted out to be sold or donated. We know that data security is a serious issue. All hard drives are wiped with Department Of Defense (DOD) standards 5220.22-M prior to shredding.

Read more and schedule your pickup:   SBK Green Century Electronic Recycling Website

Speaking of Portland recycling, video clip below from Portlandia:



Rob Creighton GarrisonBy Rob Creighton Garrison, Guest Writer

I tend to be one of those people who discover things after everyone else. Sometimes it's because I have this obstinate streak that doesn't want to follow the herd (I stubbornly resisted letting go of my vinyl until my last turntable literally coasted to a stop and never worked again, thus thrusting me into the digital age, and YES I realize vinyl is popular again, THANKS), but other times it's just because I either don't pay adequate attention or I feel I don't have time to bother learning about something new that I might appreciate. My wife is STILL after me to read the Dark Tower series (but that may be because she hasn't quite yet forgiven me for dragging her to Eyes Wide Shut and seeks to get even).

Last Sunday I wanted a good hike. I live in Milwaukie just a few feet beyond the boundary of the Portland city limit. It's a 30-minute drive to Forest Park, and I just didn't want to spend that much time in the car that afternoon. I had almost resigned myself to a neighborhood walk (which is not a bad thing!) when suddenly a speck of rust shifted and fell off a disused cognitive conduit, setting free a wisp of latent memory. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge! Yeah, that place I've passed on the way to and from work countless times over the last fourteen years, the stretch of undeveloped land with both paved paths and rough trails, access to which is available not only from Southeast Milwaukie Avenue but also from The Springwater, that patch of not-urbia that, somehow, I never stopped to investigate!

I agree, silly of me, particularly since quite a few people over the years have mentioned Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to me in glowing terms. So, since it was a rainy and cold afternoon, I donned my bibs and thicky shirt, water-proof hiking boots, my oilskin coat and wide-brimmed hat, and set out. I love hikes in the rain. Makes me feel rugged and all. Unfortunately, most of the time (including this day) my donning of the heavy rain paraphernalia serves as sort of a reverse rain dance and guarantees I'll be making my own gravy by the end. At least this time I didn't fall off the trail or drop the camera.

Since I was driving this time, I chose to park at the Milwaukie entrance. There were quite a few other automobiles there, yet I met only three human souls and one dog on the trails during my walk. Otherwise it felt as if I had the whole place to myself.

It has paved trails if you like a wide swath to share with bicycles and horses. Family-friendly for those with shorties and/or strollers too.

It also has winding, narrow root-and-rock-strewn trails for a more rustic experience. I spent most of my hike on one of these trails.

I was striding along, enjoying the quiet hiss of rain and the call of birds, when suddenly this edifice just appeared, looming overhead. It was like discovering an ancient ruin in a jungle.

This is the famous Portland Memorial Mausoleum, and I don't care if it has charming murals of our feathery/furry woodland friends painted on it, this is a damned spooky thing to find lurking in the mist hard beside a nature trail. Eerie. I love it. I'm going to see the inside of this place before the year is out, I swear I am.

This refuge used to be an illegal dump site. A lot of people have put a lot of time and effort to change that, and that effort is ongoing. You should go and see for yourselves. I have it in mind to visit at least once every season.

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner is  Julie Lynn Kelly for this amazing sight of cherry blossoms in Portland in the spring time - a favorite annual sight.  I don't know if Julie caught these blossoms this year or not, but I am looking forward to seeing these trees along the Portland waterfront very soon!  

Each week we select one photo to be featured as the Portland photo of the week winner.  Upload your Portland photos to the photo album for a chance to win.  Julie will receive a gift certificate to a local Portland business just for sharing her photo!

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Julie Lynn KellyPhoto by Julie Lynn Kelly

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  This week's winner gets a gift certificate to Sweetness Bakery and Cafe.   Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 

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Featured Portland Events

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar for free (please read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.


Brain Development 101

March 24, 2012 from 8am to 5pm – Aloha, Oregon  Is your child struggling With Hypersensitivity, ADD/ADHD, Learning Difficulties, Motor Skills, Autism/Asperger’s, Developmental Delay, Inappropriate Behavior, Poor Eye Contact, or Inattentiveness?  Attend the Brain Development 101 Seminar and learn the root cause of most learning problems, the importance of physical movement for brain organization, why a new approach may be most effective for your child, why "labels" may not be helpful for your child's progress, the critical role of nutrition in brain function and more. This seminar is taught by Donna Bateman, a Neurodevelopmental Specialist and mother of eight. Organized by Type:Seminar

John Frame

February 18, 2012 at 10am to May 27, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Art, music, poetry, and film come together in Frame’s ambitious project, The Tale of the Crippled Boy. The goal is a feature-length collection of animated and live film vignettes. Three Fragments of Organized by | Type: exhibition  

Exhibit: Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

February 18, 2012 at 10am to April 1, 2012 at 12pm – Oregon Historical Society “Bittersweet Harvest”, a bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition from the Smithsonian, explores the little-known story of the Bracero program; the largest guest worker program in U.S history. Between Organized by Oregon Historical Society | Type: exhibit  

Bob Saget

March 1, 2012 at 7pm to March 3, 2012 at 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Thursday 03/01 – 7PM $27 Friday 03/02 – 7PM & 9:30PM $27 Saturday 03/03 – 7PM & 9:30PM $27 Yes, Bob Saget has starred in many successful television shows, including two of the most family-fri Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand, up, comedy  


March 1, 2012 at 7:30pm to March 3, 2012 at 7:30pm – The BodyVox Dance Center A dynamic, powerful and exceptionally talented group of dancers, BodyVox-2 has emerged as a gifted ensemble whose youth and energy provide, "...a fresh look at the blend of wit and whimsy, tenderness Organized by BodyVox | Type: performance  

Opening Reception - Susan de Witt's FABRICATION exhibit

March 2, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm – i witness gallery (located in Portland's historical SE district) Susan de Witt says, “Serendipity plays a part when I print with lith chemicals. Often unrepeatable results appear before me on the paper, results that excite me in their unpredictability. I appreciat Organized by Northwest Center for Photography | Type: photography, exhibit, -, opening, reception  

World Premier of "Happy Anniversary"

March 2, 2012 at 8pm to March 25, 2012 at 2pm – Serendipity Players Robert and Beth have reunion dinners on the first, fifth, and tenth anniversaries of their divorce. This is a world premiere of Happy Anniversary by local playwright, Gary Corbin! Corbin's delicious Organized by Tony Broom, Director | Type: live, theater, performance

Portland Saturday Market Season Opening March 3 & 4

March 3, 2012 at 10am to March 4, 2012 at 4:30pm – Waterfront Park & Ankeny Plaza Join PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET, March 3 & 4, 2012 for the official opening of the 2012 season. PSM has celebrated arts & crafts in the Pacific Northwest for 38 years.   “PSM is proud to contin Organized by Reid Decker | Type: season opening  

Family Bingo Night

March 3, 2012 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm – Multnomah Arts Center WILSON AREA ARTS COUNCIL (WAAC) FAMILY BINGO NIGHT Saturday, March 3, 2012 5:30-8:30pm Multnomah Arts Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, Oregon 97219 Fun, Smiles and Bingo guaranteed!  Prizes for Organized by Judy Rompa | Type: fundraiser, for, the, arts  

Scavenger Hunt Search Party at Portland Central Library

March 3, 2012 at 6pm to December 1, 2012 at 7pm – Portland Central Library Turn your Rosetta-stone brain on high and unravel the mysteries hidden in the stacks, on the walls, and places you never imagined existed in a public library. Upon arrival, a highly-trained Run Brain Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt

Stumptown Stories Free Lecture Series: HIndu and Chinese Mythology

March 6, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm – The Rialto Pool Room's Jack London Bar Every Tuesday night The Rialto's Jack London Bar hosts a free lecture series. Portland's best and brightest present on topics including Oregon history, art, science, and philosophy.  Always free. Alw Organized by Terry Hallett-Lyman | Type: free, lecture!, 21+  

"Next to Normal"

March 6, 2012 at 7:30pm to April 15, 2012 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage So what is it that defines “crazy” anyway? Called a groundbreaking, powerhouse rock musical, Next to Normal, is a heart-swelling, searingly painful dissection of a mother’s mental illness and her sub Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: performance  

Punch Brothers at Wonder Ballroom

March 7, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm – "Wonder Ballroom" True West Presents Punch Brothers Wed 3/07 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm Wonder Ballroom This event is all ages Organized by Wonder Ballroom | Type: portland music

Rooftop Comedy's National College Comedy Competition

March 7, 2012 from 8pm to 10pm – Helium Comedy Club-Portland Rooftop Comedy's National College Comedy CompetitionPortland State University vs. Evergreen State CollegeWednesday, March 7th at 8:00pm- $518+For more info, check out Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand-up, comedy, competition  

Museum by Moonlight

March 8, 2012 from 6pm to 7:30pm – World Forestry Center Museum by Moonlight  Thursday March 86:00 - 8:30pm $9 per adult    Take MAX to our front door! Please join us for an evening in the Discovery Museum after hours!  Those 21+ can enjoy wine, beer, an Organized by | Type: children's, event  

Artist Talk and Happy Hour: Paulann Peterson

March 8, 2012 from 6pm to 7:30pm – Portland Art Museum Paulann Peterson is Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate. She has published five books on poetry, and has had works selected for the website Poetry Daily, and for Poetry in Motion, which puts poems on buses Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: art talk  

Intl Women's Day: My Time in the DRC and Other Random Observations

March 8, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm – Mercy Corps' Action Center On International Women’s Day, Mercy Corps’ Congo Country Director, Lorina McAdam, looks back on 13 years in international development, focusing on her most recent four in the Democratic Republic of t Organized by Kirsten Anderson | Type: talk  

Behind the Scenes Tour

March 9, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm – Portland The tour begins at Buckman Village, a small brewery that shares space with a nano brewery and a distillery, located inside a SE pub that features 49 rotating taps. After sampling beers there, we then Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery, tour

Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade

March 10, 2012 from 12pm to 8pm – St. Agatha Catholic School Come join the fun at the Sellwood-Moreland St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade at St. Agatha Catholic School. Hundreds of people will kick-off the festival as they parade through the main streets o Organized by Amy Gilbertz Delegato | Type: st., patrick's, day, festival

There are a ton more Portland events on the calendar, come check it out and feel free to post your own Events, too!

 Arbor Lodge Neighborhood - Portland Real Estate Report

Ross and Leah Seligmanby Ross and Leah Seligman


Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Real Estate Report

To learn more about the Arbor Lodge neighborhood, click here.

If you are looking for homes in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood, visit this link where you can search for homes by particular neighborhood: Click Here

On to the report:

Here is the overall chart of inventory, sold, and pending for the Arbor Lodge neighborhood in the last 15 months:

In January 2012, there were 22 closed sales, 39 pending sales, and 89 homes on the market in the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood.

One year change from January 2011 to January 2012:

Inventory (how many homes on the market for sale): Down 20.5%

Homes sold: Down 21.4%

Homes pending sale: Up 44.4%


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square footage in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood has been between $118 and $142/sq. ft. In January 2012, the average price per square foot in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood was $125.

One year change from January 2011 to January 2012:

Change in Price Per Square Foot:

Percentage Change: Up 4.2%

Days on Market, Sold/List Price:

This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In January 2012, the average time on market for a home in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood was 51 days.

The second thing that this chart is showing you is what percentage of the listing price the owners actually are getting when the house is sold.  This is a great indication of the pressure on prices.  In January 2012, sellers in Arbor Lodge received, on average, 99% of their original listing price.

More stats for you:

Change from January 2011 to January 2012:

Time on Market: Down 19%
Sold/List price % difference: Up 6%

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

This chart shows us that the average listing was and what the average sale was. In January 2012, the average price of a house on the market in Arbor Lodge was $295,000. The average sale was $222,000.

More stats over one year:

Average active price: Up 7.3%
Average sold price:  Down 10.1%

Months of Inventory:

Months of inventory gives a time line of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell.  Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market.  This figure is a good indicator of supply and demand.  January 2012 in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood had 4 months of inventory.

By the way, this does NOT mean that it will take 4 months for your home to sell. That figure was, on average in January, 51 days.  Inventory is a figure that means that, if not another home were to come on the market in Arbor Lodge from this point forward, in 4 months there would not be another home to sell.  They would all be sold.


In my monthly Portland real estate report, I always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. The first thing you will notice about individual neighborhoods as compared to the overall Portland reports are that the numbers can be wildly different month to month. Basically, the bigger the pool of data you are working with, the smoother the stats become. As we focus on smaller areas, many different things can happen month to month.


If you are looking to buy or sell in a particular neighborhood, the most crucial information that you need to know is what is going on in that neighborhood. In this situation, the overall Portland market report is less important and the national real estate report is just about useless. This posting is a real estate report for the Arbor Lodge neighborhood of all homes in all price ranges. Feel free to request particular neighborhoods in which you are interested in buying or selling and I am be happy to do a report, just contact me on this forum or at

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland Metro Area real estate and homes for sale from the RMLS, including school and neighborhood reports at :

Best Portland Real Estate Deals of the Week

Each week, Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.  We like to share one on the high end and lower end of the price spectrum.

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

2777 SW ROSWELL AVE Portland, OR 97201 - SW Hills - $825,000

See the full listing here

6970 N WABASH AVE Portland, OR 97217 - Arbor Lodge - $449,900

See full listing here

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

Extraordinary Reilly Signature Home is finished!- OPEN HOUSE this Sunday March 4th, 2012 1-3PM

2925 NE 36th Ave

Open House Portland

See the listing here

A pristine home re-created as a Grant Park Bungalow!

Buyers will love the large open floor plan,

original built-ins, loads of light and kitchen/family

room area that opens to a private backyard.

The main floor also offers a bedroom and full bath.

Coveted 3 bedroom / 2 bath on the 2nd floor, including

stunning master suite.

Beverly Cleary (K-8) & Grant High Schools.

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